Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award

Please note that the awards nomination campaign will launch on October 1, at which time the online nomination form and the nomination template will become available.

The Award

This award will honour a forward thinking healthcare organization that has demonstrated leadership in creating and promoting diversity and inclusion to improve the environment for its employees, and to better service their customers/patients, and the community. 

The recipient will receive an etched glass trophy. Should the future permit us to return to an in-person event, one representative of the winning organization will also receive paid travel and accommodation to attend the College's Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership Conference.



The award is open to all Canadian healthcare organizations. Those organizations that have demonstrated effective leadership, skill, innovation, and perseverance in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion are eligible to be nominated. While special acts or other one-time achievements will be considered, this award will place special emphasis on effective and sustained efforts worthy of recognition. This justification will serve as the principal basis for selection of the award recipient.



Nominations must be made by a member of the College and be submitted by February 1.

Nominations must be submitted as one PDF file via the team and organization award online form and include the following:

  • The completed nomination form (to be completed online);
  • A letter of nomination from a member of the College;
  • Using the nomination template, describe the initiatives undertaken by the nominated organization that demonstrated leadership in creating and promoting diversity and inclusion across various populations to improve the environment for its employees, and to better service their customers/patients and the community;
  • Three letters of support from: (1) a member of the nominated organization's board of directors; (2) a member of the organization's senior leadership team; and (3) from a patient or employee who has been positively impacted by the diversity and inclusion initiatives undertaken by the nominated organization.

Selection Committee

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2020 Recipient: Alliance for Healthier Communities

Alliance for Healthier Communities

The Alliance for Healthier Communities is the voice of a vibrant network of community-governed primary health care organizations that serve diverse, often marginalized and underserved communities across Ontario. The Alliance works with members and partners to identify and eliminate barriers for people and communities at risk of poor health, with a special focus on Indigenous people, Francophones, racialized and Black communities, and Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ communities.

The Alliance for Healthier Communities is recognized as a leader in advancing health equity, diversity and inclusion within the organization, among members and broader health system. The Alliance has led several initiatives to ensure the diversity of the communities Alliance members serve is reflected at all levels: Board of Directors, leadership, management, staff, students and volunteers.

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Past Recipients

Please see our most recent recipients listed below. Full biography's are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

2020 - Alliance for Healthier Communities

2019 - Alberta Health Services

2018 - Michael Garron Hospital/Toronto East Health Network

2017 - William Osler Health System

2016 - Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority)

2015 - The Scarborough Hospital

2014 - Toronto Central CCAC (Community Care Access Centre)